NewTechKids is pleased to announce that we are continuing our collaboration with the American School of The Hague (ASH) to introduce computer science into the School’s curriculum.
During Fall 2018, we will be working closely with the School’s primary education staff (IT Coordinator, Technology Integrationist and several classroom teachers) to develop a general framework for computer science education. This includes identifying important concepts to be taught, determining the order and learning format in which these concepts should be taught, and brainstorming potential lesson activities.
Aaron Ciuffo, ASH’s IT Curriculum Coordinator, says “Our goal is to help students develop computational thinking skills as well as a greater understanding of technology in the context of how it works and how you can create with it. Computer science is a stand-alone subject but we also want to weave it into other subjects so that the knowledge and skills that students learn are transferable.”
Dr. Marja-Ilona Koski, NewTechKids’ Co-founder and Lead Teacher Trainer, concurs. “Involving both the School’s technology experts and its classroom teachers is an excellent approach to developing computer science curriculum. We look forward to co-creating curriculum and teaching materials with ASH.”
The American School of The Hague (ASH) is an international school located in Wassenaar, a town just outside of The Hague in The Netherlands. It offers a learner-centered American curriculum modified for the needs of its international student and parent population.
The School is comprised of 3 divisions – Elementary School (from Preschool through Grade 4), Middle School (Grades 5-8), and High School (Grades 9-12). ASH’s curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Its student body is approximately 25% US and 14% Dutch, with the remaining 61% coming from 73 other nationalities.